The rail infrastructure comprises a complex network of tracks, signals, and safety systems that ensure passengers and freight move safely and efficiently. One crucial component is the lineside fencing, which prevents unauthorized track access, ensuring rail workers’ and the public’s safety.
This article will discuss five common types of lineside fencing regularly installed by RSSI’s Civils and Construction team, including Palisade, Welded Mesh, Chain Link, Post and Rail, and Concrete fencing.
Palisade fencing is a popular choice for the rail industry due to its high level of security. The fence comprises vertical steel bars or pales attached to horizontal rails, providing a strong barrier that is difficult to climb. Palisade fencing is used in high-security areas, such as around depots, signal boxes, and power stations.
Welded Mesh Fencing
Welded mesh fencing is a versatile and cost-effective option for the rail industry. The fence has welded steel wire mesh attached to steel posts and rails. Welded mesh fencing can be customised to suit specific requirements and is often used to protect tracks from trespassers or animals.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fencing is a popular option for the rail industry due to its affordability and versatility. The fence comprises a woven mesh of steel wire attached to steel posts and rails. Chain link fencing often marks the boundaries of rail property or provides a barrier between the tracks and nearby roads or footpaths.
Post and Rail Fencing
Post and rail fencing is a traditional and visually appealing option for the rail industry. The fence is made up of horizontal rails that are attached to vertical wooden posts, providing a natural-looking barrier. Post and rail fencing is often used in rural areas, where a more traditional aesthetic is desired.
Concrete fencing is a durable and long-lasting option for the rail industry. The fence consists of precast concrete panels attached to steel posts and rails. Concrete fencing is often used in areas with high wind loads or where a high level of security is required.
Summary of Lineside Fencing
In conclusion, lineside fencing is an essential component of the rail infrastructure, providing a barrier between the tracks and the public while ensuring the safety of rail workers.
The five types of fencing discussed in this article offer different levels of security, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetic appeal, making them suitable for various rail applications. There are many other options available that may be more suitable for your project.
When selecting lineside fencing, it is crucial to consider factors such as security, durability, and cost, as well as any specific requirements of the rail network. Rail companies can help ensure their operations’ safety and efficiency by choosing suitable lineside fencing.
Contact Civils and Construction Division
With years of experience in fencing work on high-profile projects like the Midland Metro and HS2, the Civils and Construction division is well-equipped to deliver various fencing solutions. We have regularly collaborated with Network Rail, Tier 1, and Tier 2 contractors to execute fencing projects across the UK. If you need assistance on your next fencing project, contact the team’s specialists at 0330 113 0004.